Idiom – A Hail Mary
A Hail Mary – Idiom of the Day
A plan or project with a very low chance of success.
The expression originates from American football, wherein it means “a long, typically unsuccessful pass made in a desperate attempt to score late in the game”. The phrase became widespread after a December 28, 1975, National Football League playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach said about his game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Drew Pearson, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary*.”
*Note: Taken literally, a Hail Mary is a prayer to the Virgin Mary used chiefly by Roman Catholics, beginning with part of Luke 1:28.
- Maybe you could try using section 125. It’s a hail mary, but it might work in winning the case.
- We need to perform a heart transplant. It’s a hail mary, but it might work in saving her life.
- You should leave right now. It’s a hail mary, but you might catch her and tell her your feelings before she boards the plane.
- It was that hail mary pass in the ninetieth minute which helped Davidson score that goal and win the game for the home team.
- Try rebooting the entire system. It’s a hail mary, but it might work.